Sunday 16 April 2023

April 2023 Postmark Slogans and other interesting postal markings.

All slogan postmarks used in April will be shown here; please check for latest updates before spending your time scanning, but if you have something new or another format, then please do send it in for publication. 

The British Heart Foundation slogan has continued this month as expected.  Thanks to RW and JG for these two examples, in the alternative layouts from IMP and iLSM, from Croydon Mail Centre 04-04-2023 and North & West Yorkshire 11/04/2023

British Heart Foundation slogan, Croydon Mail Centre 04-04-2023

British Heart Foundation slogan, North & West Yorkshire 11/04/2023

And then there's this one, from JH, who's note sure whether to attribute the appearance a fault of RM or the slightly bulky letter.   Anyway, Birmingham Mail Centre produced a spectacular slogan!

British Heart Foundation slogan, Birmingham Mail Centre 11/04/2023

I forgot to include this one in the original post.  Also on 11 April, Nottingham Mail Centre was using the 'use your old stamps by 31 January' slogan!

Use up your non-barcoded stamps by 31 January 2023 - used Nottingham Mail Centre 11/04/2023

UPDATE 28 April

A new postmark will be in use from today until May 10 marking the King's Coronation.  There have been reports in various media, and this image on Twitter.

Mock-up of Coronation slogan postmark.

This will be available to use on First Day Covers - if you dare!   Unless you can get to one of the Mail Centres it is likely to be either diverted to a Handstamp Centre, or (at least the stamps not hit by the slogan) will be pen-cancelled.

UPDATE 29 April. My thanks to AB, JS & JE for sending three examples yesterday. I was working on a display project so didn't have time to update this report then.  All from the first day of use, 27 April (for delivery on 28th) these are Medway Mail Centre, Peteborough Mail Centre and, in the other 5-line format, Preston Mail Centre (Lancashire and South Lakes).

Coronation of Their Majesties
King Charles III
and Queen Camilla

6 May 2023

Coronation slogan postmark Medway Mail Centre 27-04-2023

Coronation slogan postmark Peterborough Mail Centre 27-04-2023

Coronation slogan postmark Lancashire and South Lakes (Preston Mail Centre) 27/04/2023

If you have any other interesting postal markings, please send them to one of the email addresses in the top right of this blog.  Thank you.

Remember, all postmarks appearing in April will be added to this post, so check here before you spend time scanning and emailing.  I'll add new ones as quickly as possible.

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